In a comment to Daily Scan's post earlier this week on how some researchers are using the ultra-popular Harry Potter series to get students interested in genetics, reader ivan_2 said that "researchers [would] rather go with X-Men instead. … I knew about X-Men way before Harry Potter." Indeed at his blog, Genomic Repairman says he owes a debt to X-Men. "X-Men was the first comic book that I ever laid eyes and hands upon in the old drugstore in town when my dad took me to the counter to get a sandwich and a soda," he writes. After taking interest in the comic book series' dramatic interpretation of genetic mutation, Genomic Repairman says he then took to the encyclopedia:
He adds, "I'm eternally grateful for my childhood indulgence that [led] me down the path that would eventually make me a scientist."